The Princeton graduate accused of murdering his own father refused to look at the jury on Wednesday because the jury members were getting harrowing crime pictures from the boss of the hedge fund who was dead in the family's apartment in Manhattan.
Thomas & # 39; Tommy & # 39; Gilbert Jr., 34, is accused of shooting his investment bank father Thomas Gilbert Sr. in January 2015 by the mouth of the pistol & # 39; tight & # 39; pressing the victim's head and pulling the trigger.
Disturbing images of a lifeless Gilbert Sr., 70, dead on the ground, were shown on a screen in the Supreme Court of Manhattan, The New York Post reports.
But his once close-knit and handsome son, who studied economics at Ivy League University, refused to view the photos, instead lowered his head and stared at the defense table during the testimony.
A picture of the rifle used to shoot Gilbert Sr. was shown to jury members, as well as poignant images of the crime scene of the hedge fund boss who was dead in the family's apartment in Manhattan
Thomas & # 39; Tommy & # 39; Gilbert Jr., 34, left is accused of shooting down his investment bank father Thomas Gilbert Sr. in January 2015, right
An image of the .40 caliber that Glock used to shoot Gilbert Sr. was also shown to the jury that was placed on a bed on a white comforter.
& # 39; When he killed his father, the suspect was fully aware of what he was doing, and he was sure it was wrong & # 39 ;, prosecutor Craig Ortner said in his opening statements, adding that the son had planned the crime by driving illegally to Ohio buy the gun and visit hireakiller.com and hitman.com websites.
In response, Gilbert Jr. & # 39; s lawyer Arnold Levine said he suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
His mother Shelley Gilbert, 72, has already spoken about how her son's mental health deteriorated when he was in 11th grade and how a symptom of his OCD was that he became obsessed with & # 39; contamination & # 39 ;.
She explained how he got upset when he knocked on the clothing of his family because he thought it had contaminated him.
Shelley said he even refused to flee from JFK because he believed someone & # 39; infected & # 39; the airport had flown in.
The courtroom had previously heard the 911 call she made when she found her husband in a pool of blood. When the operator asks who shot him, Shelley replies: & # 39; My son who's crazy, but I didn't know he was that crazy. & # 39;
His mother Shelley Gilbert (leaving Tuesday, leaving Tuesday) testified against her son when the court heard her call her 911 after she found her deceased husband and pointed to her son as the murderer
This is the luxury apartment in Manhattan where the alleged murder started
Thomas Gilbert Jr's mother said her son suffers from a mental illness, has delusions that claim he has been poisoned by radioactive fallout in prison and even eaten a battery. It is shown in 2015
For Shelley & # 39; it was clear that he had done it. & # 39; Committed by telling her daughter Clare, now 29, of Gilbert's death, Shelley said: & Dad is dead and Tommy shot him. & # 39;
Prosecutors said on Tuesday that when Gilbert Jr.'s mother returned to the family's apartment, she saw her 33-year-old husband lying dead on the floor, blood and pieces of brain dust that flowed into a puddle next to his head.
Gilbert Jr. his mother had asked him to buy him a sandwich while he talked to his father.
Speaking with DailyMail.com shortly after the arrest of Gilbert Jr., former girlfriend, socialite Anna Rothschild, 51, who went out with him in 2014, told about a tense and broken relationship between Gilbert Jr. and his father.
The man she knew was a loner with few friends who blamed his father for not being good enough & # 39; was for the older man.
According to public prosecutors, the process of spiritual unraveling was accelerated by Gilbert Jr.'s fear that his father would cut him off financially.
He reportedly decided to stop paying the $ 2,400 rent at his son's apartment in Chelsea and to reduce his weekly payment from $ 600 to $ 400.
It appears from the financial reports submitted to the court that Gilbert Sr. was not as financially equal as some believed.
It was thought that he was worth $ 200 million at the time of his death. In fact, he had only $ 10,000 in shares and bonds, less than $ 20,000 in cash and pension funds and around $ 500,000 in & # 39; various assets & # 39 ;.
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